Knowledge, a Laysan albatross, resides proof that age is only a quantity.
The winged creature — which is not less than 68 years previous and is the “world’s oldest identified banded chicken within the wild,” in keeping with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — laid an egg on Halfway Atoll on November 29, biologists there confirmed.
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“Knowledge and her mate Akeakamai return to the identical nest web site on Halfway Atoll every year. Albatross typically take time without work to relaxation between egg-laying years, however the pair has met on Halfway to put and hatch an egg yearly since 2006,” the wildlife company continued.
The chicken has laid an estimated 40 eggs throughout her lifetime, NPR reported.
When she’s not laying eggs, Knowledge spends 90 p.c of her life at sea, the place she feeds on squid and fish eggs.
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“Up to now, many albatross have been banded with aluminum bands that generally grew to become corroded by sand and salt water. These early bands would typically fall off in 20 years or much less,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mentioned.
However the identical just isn’t true for Knowledge, who was first banded by a biologist named Chandler Robbins in 1956. Specialists have changed Knowledge’s bands all through the years, and this confirms the chicken is identical one Robbins first banded all these years in the past.